Monday, December 29, 2008

New Social Web Site Helps People Make Selfless New Year's Resolutions and Track Them Online

/PRNewswire/ -- Every year, millions of people make resolutions to improve their lives. What would happen if -- in addition to losing weight, getting a better job or having a better love life -- everyone made at least one resolution to help others?

As many Americans prepare to confront serious economic and social challenges in 2009, Families First -- the largest and leading non-profit family service agency in Georgia -- is launching the I Am The Solution initiative today with this question in mind, and with a vision to put solutions back on the map.

The I Am The Solution initiative is challenging people to make at least one selfless resolution-to volunteer, give money, refer people to needed services, or acknowledge a personal need for help. And, because resolutions are easy to make but often difficult to keep, the initiative hinges on an interactive, online community -- -- where people can stay accountable by creating profiles, setting deadlines, tracking their progress and engaging with others who are making similar resolutions.

Several notable figures have joined the movement, including Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Keith Brooking, hip hop celebrity Big Boi, educator and best-selling author Ron Clark, Atlanta Braves Outfielder Jeff Francoeur, Collective Soul bandmates Ed & Dean Roland and HGTV Deserving Design host Vern Yip, to name a few. These are some of the figures featured in an online video that challenges others to be a part of big solutions by making individual selfless resolutions.

"As our nation is dealing with precedent-setting challenges and transitioning into a new year, with a new presidential administration, we realized there's no better time than now to empower individuals to focus on solutions," said Pat Showell, president & CEO of Families First.

Families First will continue promoting the initiative throughout 2009 -- profiling and awarding individuals who make and keep empowering resolutions, and encouraging individuals to make and keep resolutions throughout the year.

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